It is the research area Swedish and Education who receives reinforcement in the shape of three new PhD students - Stina Thunberg, Åsa Bjuhr and Anna Sigvardsson. They are linked to the newly established SPLIT (Language and Literature Teaching in the media landscape), which is a collaboration between five universities: Malmö University, Linköping University, Södertörn University, Umeå University and Luleå University of Technology.
Many bilingual children
Åsa Bjuhr will examine how the transfer from languages introduction to the regular class is done. She has been teaching Swedish for immigrants in college. In her doctoral studies, she will study the young people in secondary school age.
- There are many bilingual children in school so the need for this type of research is large, says Åsa Bjuhr.
Anna Sigvardsson is also studying young people in secondary school age, but the focus of her thesis is the reading of poetry within and outside the school. When she wrote her essay about poetry teaching, she discovered that not much research is done on the topic.
- Right now, the teaching is probably based mostly on proven experience. Swedish Teachers don't benefit that much from the Swedish and Education research, says Anna Sigvardsson.
Whose norm decides?
Reading is also the theme of Stina Thunberg's PhD project. She will examine the norms that guide the reading at school and during their free time. Students, teachers and national tests are the focus and she hopes to find points of contact between teachers and students worldwide.
- There is a lot about who should adapt to whom, says Stina Thunberg.